What to Expect

Pre-Clinic Interview:

Once you have decided to participate in the clinic, you will be contacted by David Deere, LCSW, for a pre-clinic, diagnostic interview. This interview provides the team with crucial information before our first meeting. Not only is the diagnostic interview a piece of data that the team needs for a  diagnosis, but it is important because it helps us determine follow-up questions and provides information that guides additional assessment selection. These questions must be answered honestly and to the best of your ability. Like most clinics, the SDRC clinic values the privacy of every family, and we do not apply blame or judgment. We will protect your information; however, we need the full picture to decide on the next steps.

The pre-clinic interview will include at least one formal assessment so that we can get to know your child better. This is called the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale. The Vineland with ask you questions about your child's Communication skills, Daily Living Skills, and Social skills. This measure also allows us to compare your child to children his or her same age. This will be the longest portion of the diagnostic interview and will take approximately an hour to an hour and a half depending on your child's age. David may also ask some additional questions to help the team gain an accurate picture of your child's developmental history. Please be prepared to answer questions about developmental milestones, medical history, school difficulties, speech difficulties, etc. You may also have a team member call you to ask questions about social skills, or "pragmatic language." We will let you know if this is necessary for your child's evaluation.

 

In-Person Clinic:

When you arrive on the day of the clinic, please bring any previous evaluations or additional information you believe might be relevant and contact information for all of the recipients of the report from our evaluation (i.e., doctors, school personnel, etc.). No detail is too small, and we appreciate all of them. If you are questioning whether or not it is essential, bring it anyways! We will start by making introductions (at any time, there will be professionals and trainees from a variety of different disciplines) and a discussion of what to expect. Generally, we will split up, and your child will undergo speech testing with our licensed Speech Pathologist, Elizabeth Cleveland. The assessments used will vary based on the information you have provided. Elizabeth will also take measurements of your child, including height, weight, head circumference, etc. and, if deemed necessary, take pictures of your child to send to a geneticist. You will go to another room to answer any follow-up questions that the team has. If your child has attachment concerns or if they are developmentally not able to stay with the team on their own, adjustments will be made to this process to fit your family's needs.

Virtual Clinic:

If you choose to participate in a virtual clinic, we will email you a link to a secure meeting platform. You will need a computer, laptop, phone, or tablet that has video capabilities and audio capabilities so that we can see and hear you and your child and so that you can see and hear us. Please have any previous evaluations or additional information you believe might be relevant and contact information for all of the recipients of the report from our evaluation (i.e., doctors, school personnel, etc.) ready for your virtual appointment time. No detail is too small, and we appreciate all of them. If you are questioning whether or not it is essential, bring it anyway! We will start by making introductions (at any time, there will be professionals and trainees from a variety of different disciplines) and a discussion of what to expect. Generally, your child will undergo speech and/or language testing with our licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Elizabeth Cleveland. The assessments used will vary based on the information you have provided. Elizabeth will also as for measurements of your child, including height, weight, head circumference, etc. We will also need current pictures of your child to send to a geneticist. Instructions on how to take these pictures will be emailed to you with your pre-clinic information. 

Results:

Once all assessments are finished, and questions have been asked, then the team will ask you to leave while we discuss our findings as a group. If you are joining us virtually, we will ask you to sign off so we can discuss. This helps us talk through concerns, recommendations, and next steps. This is also when a potential diagnosis will be discussed or the need for additional testing or referrals. Once we have come to an appropriate conclusion, we will invite you back in to the room or the online meeting and discuss our findings and recommendations for next steps, as well as answer any questions that you have for us. We will put recommendations in writing for you, but you can also expect a more comprehensive, written report to follow in 2-3 weeks.

Phone: 501.765.6522

Email: Appointment@ArkSDRC.org